Here’s a list of upcoming and newly released books by Black authors:
The Walls of Jericho, Rudolph Fisher (Mar. 4) (Fiction)
This classic satire novel from the Harlem Renissaance is being rereleased. The 1928 book tells the story of a Black lawyer named Fred Merrit who purchases a home in the “most exclusive” white neighborhood bordering Harlem. Merrit has to hire the toughest removal team in the area, Jinx Jenkins and Bubber Brown, to help him get his belongings past the hostile neighbors.
The new edition features an additional story by author Rudolph Fisher, “One Month’s Wages” that revisits moving men Jinx and Bubber in a tale where they’re down on their luck during the Depression. One man seeks to win money by gambling, while the other takes a job in a mortuary.
How Beautiful We Were: A Novel, Imbolo Mbue (Mar. 9) (Fiction)
Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, this novel tells the story of a people living in fear due to environmental degredation caused by an American oil company. Pipeline spills have made the land infertile and children are dying from toxic water. Promises to clean up and offer financial reparations are made to the village, but aren’t fulfilled. The government, led by a dictator, serves its own interests.
The people of Kosawa decide to fight back in a struggle that lasts decades. The story is told from the perspective of a generation of children anf the family of a girl named Thula who becomes a revolutionary.
Dreams for a Daughter, Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrations, Irene Trivas (Mar. 9) (Picture Book)
“Dreams for a Daughter” is an empowering picture book that celebrates a Black mother’s hopes and dreams for her daughter.
The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country, Amanda Gorman (Mar. 30) (Young Adult)
Amanda Gorman became the United State’s sixth and youngest poet, at age twenty-two, to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration on Jan. 20. Her poem, “The Hill We Climb” is available as a collectible.